It was a cold fresh evening when we made our way through the streets of Coventry towards the historic Coventry Cathedral. Just a few days earlier the city of Coventry was announced as the UK City of Culture 2021. One of the cities most historical and beautiful points of interest is the Cathedral. Overlooking University Square this stunning building sits in the shadow of the original Cathedral which was all but raised to the ground during the blitz in 1940. The ruins now stand as a permanent reminder of the “folly and waste of war”.
You may remember that a few weeks ago we were invited to attend The Snowman Tour. The day finally arrived for us to attend the Coventry event. We couldn’t have picked a better weekend as just a few short hours later the snow started falling and we were building our very own snowman!
Coventry Cathedral is a truly amazing piece of architecture. So modern and contemporary but also poignant and symbolic. We were eager to find our seats and were delighted when we realised that we were so close to the front. We could almost touch the instruments. L was already intrigued. There was a huge projection screen set up behind the orchestra so that everyone was assured a good view.
Our performance began with a warm welcome from the Reverend John Witcombe. We were then treated to the Christmas Overture a wonderful piece of music that really helped set the stage for the evening. L was instantly mesmorised and hardly moved a muscle for the rest of the performance.
We were then taken on an unexpected train journey, a wonderful little story that was narrated by the double bassist. This was a lovely clever way of officially introducing the orchestra and different instruments. This piece truly showcased the talent of the musicians. Playing iconic pieces such as “Do you want to build a snowman” and “Sleigh Ride” spirits soared and we were excited for what was to come.
Next up was a showing of the beautifully animated “The Bear and the Piano” based of the enchanting children’s book by David Lichfield. Narrated by Joanna Lumley and with accompanying music, the story of the bear who left the forest to become a broadway star was both magical and moving. This unique animation was a real treat.
Just before the screening of The Snowman began a visitor arrived to delight all. The Snowman himself made an appearance and even tried his hand at conducting the orchestra. L was shocked and excited to see him. This was a highlight of the evening.
Then began the main event. The animation rolled and the orchestra came to life with Howard Blake’s original score. The Snowman has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. To experience this charming story with a live orchestra along with my family is something I’ll never forget. “Walking in the air” was performed beautifully by a member of the Coventry Cathedral choir. The emotions of James and the Snowman were portrayed so magically by the orchestra.
In the blink of an eye the credits were rolling and the audience erupted into applause. It was then time to make our way home. Hearts full, eyes wide and thankful we were able to attend such a fantastic event. L was so captivated by the music and has been humming “Walking in the air” since the weekend.
Many of the forthcoming performances are sold out but if your lucky enough to live in Blackpool, Hanley, Durham or Hull you can still book tickets. It’s a magical Christmas experience for the whole family. At an hour long the performance is perfect for little people. We highly recommend The Snowman Tour and really hope that they tour again next year!
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Disclaimer – We were provided with tickets to The Snowman Tour in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinion are our own.